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Judge rejects claims in Newton nude servitude case

August 3, 2011

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— A federal judge has rebuffed claims of ineffective legal counsel from a Kansas social worker sentenced to 30 years for enslaving mentally ill residents of a Newton group home.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot ruled Monday that Arlan Kaufman received extraordinary representation by his trial and appellate counsel and is entitled to no relief.

Kaufman and his wife, Linda, were convicted in November 2006 of forcing residents to work naked and perform sex acts, while billing the government and their families for "nude therapy" sessions.

Belot said in his ruling that Arlan Kaufman's treatment by the courts is not only consistent with his rights, but is far better than the so-called treatment he provided to the emotionally damaged individuals entrusted to his and his wife's care.

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